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Legal action opens 'can of worms': Gallen

AAP logoAAP 19/12/2016

Alex McKinnon's lawsuit against the NRL and Jordan McLean over a tackle that left him paralysed will "open up a can of worms", says Cronulla captain Paul Gallen.

He believes other players now fear similar legal action, News Corp reported on Tuesday.

McKinnon is preparing to launch legal proceedings against the NRL and Melbourne forward McLean over the 2014 tackle which left him wheelchair bound.

The 24-year-old former Newcastle second-rower's career ended after a three-man tackle involving McLean, who was suspended for seven weeks.

Gallen told News Corp if someone was allowed to sue someone for getting injured on the field "it will open up a real can of worms".

"It will be something players will be concerned about, for sure, especially if you are allowed to sue individuals," Gallen said.

"I still think everyone will go into a tackle as hard and fierce as ever, to be honest with you."

Gallen said the tackle incident was "just a dreadful, dreadful accident."

Rugby League Players Association chief executive Ian Prendergast said McKinnon was entitled to pursue his legal rights and it was important to let that play out without pre-judging the outcome.

McKinnon received the maximum $500,000 compensation payout from the NRL, around $1.2 million through fundraising efforts and was paid out the final two years of his Knights contract, estimated to be around $500,000.

He was also guaranteed a job for life by the NRL and works with the club in recruitment and development.

However he estimated it will cost him $20 million to lead a normal existence for the rest of his life.

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